Fashion is a way of thinking, a form of art, a phenomenon of self-expression. It is something which depends upon our everyday life. It is an age-old global industry affected by civilizations, by nature, by places, by individuals, and all forms of elements that can be perceived. Fashion is such a varied field. The way a person dresses on a particular occasion says a lot about what they think or how they look at the world. Fashion diversifies the world into a colorful palette of thoughts and emotions. Things that happen every other day in our lives and in the world control the fashion industry. Hence in this entire industry, only one element is constant– that is change. Katherine Hamnett, a famous British designer said, “Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand”. A person can be a prolific businessman. A woman can come from the village. In a group of teenagers, a boy is of the very obedient type or very rebellious. Everything can be understood by looking at what and how these people wear.
Fashion Trend From 1960 To Present
The world of the 1960s saw the rise of the hippie and the counterculture. The long, loosely fitted clothes, mini skirts, and hotpants dress with geometric designs, was all made of natural fabric. Many famous icons were the face of feminine fashion. Clothes made of synthetic yarns like polyester and spandex rose to trend during the time. These apparels trend even today. The hemlines rose even in the 1970s, along with bell-bottomed jeans for men and women. Tight-fitting clothes to show off the body curves along with peasant-style clothing for women also rose into fashion. All of these together was called the punk movement, which fuelled designers like Vivianne Woods. Even the punk bands like the Sex Pistols influenced public outfits heavily.
In the 1980s, the menswear look grew popular for both men and women. Experimentation with heavy eye make-up of eyeliners and other punkish clothes evolved for both sexes. People preferred tight jeans, leggings oversized-sweatshirts, and high collar jackets. Women wore denim-made miniskirts over leggings and brightly colored accessories. But 1990s fashion was less showy than the previous years. Nirvana brought in the grunge look. All over, punkiness subdued. The 1980s saw neon hair colors. It eventually changed to long straight normal colored hair a decade later. The 21st century saw, however, the advancement of technology and gadgets like cell phones, MP3, and CD players made fashion more somber.
On What does Our Everyday Fashion Depend
Our daily lives are affected by many factors.
- Our everyday lives depend a lot on the weather. The climate of a particular area decides what the major clothing of that area is. When we feel warm we tend to wear something light, something that would prevent us from sweating. When it is cold, we tend to keep ourselves warm. This all depends on the clothes that we wear. Our clothes protect us from the rain, it protects us from the snow. The mountain climbers for example wear outfits that prevent frostbites.
- Our clothing also depends on whether we want to make ourselves attractive to others. Just like our communication skills, our clothes define our body language and makes us look appealing. Thus fashion helps in building the chemistry between two lovers.
- Our mood is one of the biggest influences on what we wear. For example, if we are excited about something, we tend to experiment and dress up a lot, style our hair, and use make-up. However, if we are down, or exhausted, if our mood is dull, we tend to not experiment much with our clothes. We try to be as simple as possible.
“The apparel oft proclaims the man”, had told Shakespeare. Fashion is not just our style statement but also our religious and regional declaration. Hence the fashion industry is one of the biggest game-changer in the world. It is an everyday influencer. Millions of people are not only involved in buying but as well as selling, making, and producing it. Clothes have been the reason for social image, cultural diversification, and one of the biggest political weapons. It is an endlessly popular contest that is not only a conscious but also a subconscious effector of the world.